by Laura McLaughlin
Jackson, who was due to appear at the High Court today, reached the deal with the King of Bahrains son, Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who was sueing Jackson for £4.7 million.
A spokesperson for the singer said: “As Mr. Jackson was about to board his plane to London, he was advised by his legal team to postpone his travels since the parties had concluded a settlement in principle”
Jackson had been invited to stay in Bahrain, along with his children and his entourage, by the Sheikh Abdulla shortly after he had been found not guilty of child molestation charges in 2005. During his stay in Bahrain, Jackson was showered with gifts, and Sheikh Abdulla built a recording studio for Jackson to record songs that Sheikh had helped write.
Sheikh Abdulla understood that he and Jackson had formed a “close personal relationship” and that the both had entered into a “combined rights agreement”. In this agreement Jackson had agreed to repay $7,000,000 spent by Sheikh Abdulla from royalities that they earned from their recorded material.
Jackson contested these claims, stating that there was never a valid agreement reached and Sheikh Abdulla’s case was based on “mistake, misrepresentation and undue influence”. Jackson believes that everything given to him by Sheikh Abdulla were “gifts”.
At the begining of the case, which began last Monday, Jacksons representative Robert Englehart QC applied for Jackson to testify via videolink from Los Angeles due to health fears. This application was withdrawn after medical experts agreed that Jackson was fit to travel.